It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1/13/2020)

This weekend went by so fast! I spent all day yesterday wrapped up in a book while football was on in the background. It was wonderful! This post originated over on Book Date , so thanks for the idea and letting me join in the discussion!

JUST FINISHED

First Sentence Read: “In my early morning stupor, I stumble down the stairs and into the kitchen.”

JUST STARTED

First Sentence Read: “To be fair, when the alarm goes off, there’s barely even any smoke rising out of the oven.”

What are you reading, or which book are you thinking of picking up?

A New Year's Wish

With the exception of a few reading goals I didn’t really go into 2019 with any resolutions, but as this year is ending I realized that I made a few changes in my life that have made my life better and so I do feel like I have accomplished a few goals this year.

As far as my reading goals, last year I lowered my Goodreads goal to 170 because I wanted to take pressure off of myself and allow more time to read novels for pleasure rather than to review. I didn’t take into account that my audio book listening would actually tick up this year so I ended up over 200 books read for the year. I did re-read a LOT of books though. Most of those being audiobooks because I find my mind wandering while listening and if I’m listening to a book I’ve read already I can jump right back into the story.

The other goal I set at the beginning of the year and did really well at was to lower my reviews to 2x per week. This tied into lowering the number of books I’d read in a year. I felt like I read a lot more for pleasure.

Heading into the New Year, I don’t really have any new reading goals except to read a few more mysteries and general fiction novels than I usually do. I started reading different genre’s this year and I’m really enjoying finding some new authors to read so I’m going to continue to explore.

Regardless of whether you like to set goals or just fly by the seat of your pants, I hope that your 2020 is everything you want it to be.

Happy New Year!

Deb

It's Monday, what are you reading? (12/30/19)

The Monday after a holiday is always hard, but not when you’ve got a great book to read! This post originated over on Book Date , so thanks for the idea and letting me join in the discussion!

JUST FINISHED

First sentence read: “The night I became the youngest person- and the only female ever- to win the Austin Fire Department’s Valor Award, I got propositioned by my partner.”

Click this link to purchase!* Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel

JUST STARTED

First sentence read: “For the first three years, it’s fun being a pro football player’s girlfriend.”

Click this link to purchase!*Intercepted (Playbook, The)

As you can see, the holidays (and my vacation) have gotten me into a romance reading mood! Both of the above books are perfect vacation reads and I’m really enjoying all of this free time to get to some of the books on my TBR.

I hope your Monday is off to a great start and you are reading a fabulous new book! Don’t keep me in suspense, what are you reading?

Deb

TBR Thursday 12/19/19

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

Synopsis:

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives―Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a terrible war, Emilie and Annette come together to help the rebellion unearth the truth before it’s too late.

Click this link to purchase! Belle Revolte

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (12/16/19)

Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!

JUST FINISHED

When your favorite writing duo posts a note about a wonderful historical romance, when they write romantic fantasy, you just have to give it a try!

FIRST SENTENCE READ: “The trouble began with brandy.”

Click this link to purchase!* A Wicked Kind of Husband

JUST STARTED

FIRST SENTENCE READ: “Cara tried to act casual as she walked along the motel’s cracked, weedy sidewalk, but she knew she looked like what she was: a kindergarten teacher–well, almost–who was scared out of her mind.”

Click this link to purchase!* Risk It All (Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters)

Now that you know what books I’ve got on my shelf, what are you reading this fine Monday?

Deb

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!

JUST FINISHED

Synopsis:

Brynn Larson owes a lot to reality television and professional athletes. Her bar hit new heights of success after becoming a local haunt for the Denver Mustangs players and their WAGs. But although she’s grateful, that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. And that’s exactly what she would be to ever consider dating a professional athlete. Even if it’s Maxwell Lewis, whose shy smile makes her wonder what going on behind those beautiful brown eyes. 

Maxwell knew from the moment he met Brynn that she was going to change his life. It was only a matter of time. But when he finally makes a move, fate conspires against him and everything goes wrong. Now he has to show her that their potential is real. Too bad for him, Brynn isn’t fooled by his glamorous NFL life, and when ghosts from both their pasts make a sudden reappearance, she must decide who she can trust. But when the person she’s most afraid of is herself, navigating life’s tackles is harder than anticipated.

Click this link to purchase!* Blitzed (Playbook, The)

JUST STARTED

Synopsis:

Aldrich University is rocked to its core when a hacker dumps 40,000 people’s e-mails—the entire faculty, staff, students, alums—onto an easily searchable database. Rumors and affairs immediately leak, but things turn explosive when Kit Manning’s handsome husband, Dr. Greg Strasser, is found murdered. Kit’s sister, Willa, returns for the funeral, setting foot in a hometown she fled fifteen years ago, after a night she wishes she could forget. As an investigative reporter, Willa knows something isn’t right about the night Greg was killed, and she’s determined to find the truth. What she doesn’t expect is that everyone has something to hide. And with a killer on the loose, Willa and Kit must figure out who killed Greg before someone else is murdered.

Told from multiple points of view, Reputation is full of twists, turns, and shocking reveals. It’s a story of intrigue, sabotage, and the secrets we keep—and how far we go to keep them hidden. Number one bestseller Sara Shepard is at the top of her game in this brand-new adult novel.

Click this link to purchase!* Reputation: A Novel

Both of these books are really good! Look for reviews this week!

What are you reading this Thanksgiving week?

Deb

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!

JUST FINISHED

First Sentence Read: “Just as Emma Castle’s plane landed in Scotland, she pulled out her phone and viewed the incriminating evidence once again.”

This was a cute, lighthearted women’s fiction novel, but I found myself wanting to slap all of these characters silly. Do people really dither about, messing with each other’s lives like this? Super frustrating! Yet… I did read the whole thing. LOL

JUST STARTED

First Sentence Read: “It was late winter in Northern Rus’, the air sullen with wet that was neither rain nor snow.”

I have heard so many great things about this book, but I’m having trouble getting into it! I may need to skip it and pick up a different book. I’ll try one more chapter…

Now that you know my struggles and frustrations with the books I’m reading, what book are you reading this fine Monday?

Deb

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (10/28/19)

Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!

JUST FINISHED

First Sentence Read: “By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was too warm to wear it.”

JUST STARTED

First Sentence Read: “Night fell as death rode into the Great Library of Summershall.”

A word of advice regarding Ninth House. Read the first 25% when you have the time to take it all in and really immerse yourself in the book. I read it in pieces and started wondering what all the fuss was about. It wasn’t until I took an afternoon of reading the book that I was able to get into the story and appreciate the mystery. It was fabulous. It just took me a little while to get to that point.

What book are you reading the fine Monday?

Deb

It’s Monday! What are you reading? (10/21/19)

Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!

JUST FINISHED

First Sentence Read: “Nana turned to inspect the hotel room.”

JUST STARTED

First Sentence Read: “Just when Caleb Stuckey thought it couldn’t get any worse his mom walked in.”

I feel a little guilty for reading two romances back to back because I usually switch up my genre’s, keeping the choices fresh. However it took me a week to read Lady Rogue, a historical fantasy of sorts and I just wanted to catch up. Romances are typically a quick read and Parental Guidance was next on my list from the library. It looks cute!

Now that you know I’m on a romance jag, what are you reading this fine Monday?

Deb

This Chicks Sunday Commentary: Sept’19 Wrap Up!

September was a fabulous month for reading! I had quite a few commitments for reviews which pushed my reading up a bit to 16 books for the month. Thankfully, I’ve committed myself to less books for October, so I’ll be able to slow things down a bit and actually read a few books that have been sitting on my TBR instead of new releases. Well, honestly it will probably be a little bit of both!

SEPTEMBER- BEST READS!

I love a great historical romance, and this was one of the best I’ve read in awhile. My review is upcoming, but if you have room on your TBR, take my word for it, it’s worth the time!

Click this link to purchase!* Brazen and the Beast: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book II

“If you are looking for a book where you can laugh and also be touched by the emotion in the characters you are reading- 10 Blind Dates is the book you need to pick up. I think it’s a departure from Ashley’s Elston’s normal genre as it is a true YA contemporary novel with a hint of romance, yet the emotions run deep. “

Click this link to purchase!* 10 Blind Dates

I LOVED this novel! I have read so many Pride and Prejudice re-takes and sometimes they just don’t do the original justice. Ayesha at Last was just different enough that it wasn’t in your face and you could get lost in the story, and what a great story it was! My review will be published soon.

Click this link to purchase!* Ayesha At Last

THIS CHICKS SUNDAY COMMENTARY

My husband and I went on vacation in August and my August’19 Wrap Up post has some great pictures of our vacation to New York City and Maine. Check in out of if you missed it.

August’19 Wrap Up!

I also took a look at the books I was most interested in reading in October that were being released.

MY MOST ANTICIPATED OCT’19 RELEASES

I was so fortunate to be able to interview one of my favorite romance author’s, Katie Ruggle. She has such an interesting background and writes that diverse into her characters storylines. She was also super funny!

An Interview with Katie Ruggle

WHAT’S ON TAP FOR OCTOBER

On a personal level, I gave notice at my job and will be starting a new one the last week of October. I’m really excited! So, my focus will be on finishing up my current job well and so I’m going to not put any pressure on myself to push out more blog posts than I’m comfortable doing. I’m also going to focus on reading a couple of books for pleasure.

Which books are next on my list?

Have any of you read these books?

What books are you looking forward to reading this month?

Until next Sunday!

Deb